“So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up),
by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).
But someone will say [to you then], you [say you] have faith, and I have [good] works.
Now show me your [alleged] faith apart from any [good] works [if you can],
and I by [good] works [of obedience] will show you my faith.”
James 2:17, 18
The book of James was part of my daily reading this week.
I am always so challenged when I read the scripture I just shared.
But something happened this week that brought it to life for me.
I was at training this week and after we were done we prayed.
The guy praying thanked God for divine healing.
He thanked God for keeping us healthy and he also prayed that
God would keep us in good health!
We always pray but this week the prayer struck something in me.
I realized I was looking at faith and action working hand in hand.
We have a desire to be healthy and fit so we train but our faith is
in God to grant us a healthy life!
That got me thinking about faith and action.
James 2:18 is not suggesting faith works if there is action. It’s telling
us that faith only works when there is action!
Faith without works is dead!
One person acting out of his or her faith can do more than 100 people
professing their faith without action!
It’s so true friends. I want to be that person who shows they have faith by
I really needed to be reminded of this truth!
Now, it’s not my place to tell you what action you need to take.
That’s between you and God. You are the one who knows what steps
God wants you to take.
As I read this verse I knew almost instantly the things I needed to be doing
right now that I was not doing.
Now remember, you can’t just act for the sake of doing
something. God will ask you to do something specific for the thing you having
faith for. Allow Him to show what that thing is.
He may want you to be patient and wait,
He may want you to give into something,
He may want you to befriend someone,
He may want you to start writing that first chapter of that book,
He may want you to serve in a specific area at your church,
and the list goes on and on……
You need to be sensitive to His leading.
Remember, don’t act for the sake of acting.
That could do more harm than good.
God is surgical in the way He works.
What action is it that God wants you to be doing right now?
One thing is crystal clear though,
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
We have work to do friends……